October 21, 2014

Busy As A Bee

In the past week and a half, I have sewn 2 quilt tops (1 for a tutorial - coming soon!), 3 quilt backs, finished 2 Halloween costumes, pin basted 3 quilts, tied 5 quilts and machine quilted 1! Needless to say, I've been quite busy lately, and I may have neglected all social media because of it.

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to machine quilt this fun Halloween quilt for my husband's aunt. It's called 'Witches Celebrate'. It is the free pattern for the Witch Hazel fabric by October Afternoon.

She gave me free range to quilt how I wanted to. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the majority of the quilt as soon as I saw it. The only part I really had to think on was the maple leaf. In the end, I decided to curve around each seam and filled in the curves with lazy eights. Quilting so small in the corners was a little tricky.  

The pumpkin was easy. I simply made curves to make the ridges in pumpkins and filled a few with ribbon candy. It was my first time doing ribbon candy. 

I love this witch! As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted the witch to have hair. Although it doesn't show much on the quilt top, I did long skinny angled triangles to look like stringy hair. Swirls in the face and zig zags mixed with straight lines in the hat. 

I left the cat alone, since it was appliqued. I did trace around it, then stippled in the background. I did piano keys in the inner border and long swirls for the outer border. 

The thread blended pretty well on the top. Luckily, the backing was all white, so you can see the quilting really well. - - not sure if that's good or bad for me :)




I loved the corners in the inner border. For the piano keys, I followed one of the skinny black lines, but the corners I fanned out to turn with the border. I love the texture in this border; I love running my fingers over it to feel all the bumps. Kinda like I used to do on my Dad's piano when I was a kid.

I still have to take pictures of the Halloween costumes I made, and of course the other quilts that are waiting to be finished. I was hoping to have my tutorial quilted before posting, but I may take pictures of the top and show it quilted later. 

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a nice day!

October 1, 2014

Brick Quilt


My friend made this adorable brick quilt for her little girl. This is the first quilt she has ever made. 
Isn't it beautiful! She did such a great job! 


Over the weekend, I quilted and bound it for her. It was a pretty rainy weekend here, which gave me the perfect excuse for staying inside to quilt :)

I quilted it with an all-over meandering rose pattern. I had so much fun with this pattern! It was so easy -- and relaxing. Before I knew it, the whole quilt was finished!


I love the wavy petals, and the texture! Oh the texture! 
Just look at all that yummy texture!


You can hardly tell, but I doubled the batting. It was so thin, it needed a little extra for fluff and warmth. 
After a quick wash, it now has that scrunchy-soft homemade feel to it.
Finished at the right time, too. It's starting to get a little chilly here. 
This quilt will be perfect for the coming months :)


September 18, 2014

Back To Basics


These past few weeks have been a whirlwind! My oldest started Kindergarten, and my other is in preschool at the same time. With a few hours to my self during the week, I thought I'd be able to get quite a bit of work done. Instead, I find it even harder to be able to sit down at the computer. The excitement of going to the store by myself has kept me occupied, and yet I still have no idea what to make for dinner :)
Along with trying to balance 2 new school schedules, homework, work and play - my kids came up with an unexpected 'to-do' on their list this past weekend. Last Thursday, just a few minutes before having to leave for school, my little girl spotted the biggest black widow I think I have ever seen, casually crossing our living room floor. Of course, the kids wanted to keep it! I bottled it up for the time being while I did a little research on how to preserve them, and on Saturday we pinned it up for display. My house just got a little more creepy and little more ready for Halloween ;) My little guy has been asking if we can hang it up next to his bed. Ummm... Although I'm not quite sure where it's going to go yet, I wouldn't want to wake up next to this every morning!


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I recently added about 60 bolts of basics from Michael Miller:

Dumb Dot


Mini Chic Chevron


Ta Dot


Petite Point




and (Practically) all of the Cotton + Steel basics.
(6 bolts are on back order)

Dottie


XOXO


Netorious



I also picked up the new box set of Riley Blake Basics Aurifil collection. This collection features 12 colors that match perfectly with Riley Blake core basics of solids and shades.